Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boxing Day Baby Goat

I meant to get some 10 month shots up yesterday with a basic description of our Christmas so far, but my computer decided to thwart me at every turn.  I managed to get one photo, taken by my sister, on to blogger here to acknowledge his 10 month birthday yesterday.  Today we are flying to VA and indeed we should be in the air already but one flight was cancelled due to mechanical error.  So now we get to drive to Chicago and catch a much later flight tonight, but we will get there.  More stories later.  Merry Christmas everyone!




Originally uploaded by beautyredefined

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wrapping FAIL

OR
Wrapping is a pain in the ass.
OR
It's ok, you can laugh at me.  I do.

Friday night found me wrapping presents to get in the mail for Saturday morning.  I am sending them ahead of us because frankly I don't know how we're going to travel with all the baby stuff in the first place.  The baby was in bed, the presents all wrapped and I was working on addressing the box of goodies for the morning.  It was 11pm.

I got up to get a better sharpie as mine was dying and came back and flopped down on the sofa and immediately noticed there was a problem.  It seemed that the scissors that I had been using had slipped off the cushion and was sticking straight up.  If I had looked I could have avoided them, but I didn't and so I ended up with a pair of scissors in my ass (upper thigh really but ass is so much funnier).

I said something to the affect of "That's not good" and pulled them out as Mr.Goat asked what was wrong.  Cut to a call to the nurse line and a check of facebook to see what IRL friends might still be up at 11pm on Friday night (man we are old).  We found a classmate of Mr. Goat's from law school who had kids and recently had signed off and promptly got the poor fellow out of the bed he'd just entered.

But he was nice enough to get up and drive 30 minutes to our little suburb to sit in our apartment and watch the food network on the off chance that baby goat would wake up.

And so Mr. Goat and I headed over to the hospital.  The same one I spent an extended stay at in Feb when baby goat made his appearance to the world.  I have to say I hadn't hoped to be in one of their hospital beds (lying on my left side) again any time soon.  They still haven't changed the screen savers on their in room computers by the way.

The nurse thought I might need stitches but the doctor said no.  While it was about 1/2 inch deep it wasn't that big and seemed to be a clean cut that had already mostly stopped bleeding.  They washed it out gave me a perscription for some preventative antibotics and sent me home.  (I thought that after 6.5 years I'd need a tetanus booster but the dr said it was fine - I'm still calling my doc on Monday, what can I say?  I am a worrier).

We were home and in bed by 2am after sending Mr. Goat's friend home with huge thank yous and promises of beer to come.  I'm mostly fine although sitting is not very comfortable and nor is the cautionary tale I'm now compelled to share with the world.  While injury isn't technically funny, particularly with an ER visit, it still is an injury that just calls for a giggle (or twenty).  There are so many possible "pain in the ass" jokes that can be made, and I may have heard them all this weekend.

Still, I'm fine and laughing at myself and this extra weekend adventure, but my warning to you all is to look before you sit, particularly when wrapping presents.

Adding Insult to Injury (literally)
While changing baby goat's diaper today (Sunday) I found a small piece of purple ribbon.  I was wrapping using some purple ribbon Friday but cleaned up afterwards.  I'm not sure where it had been hidden or how baby goat managed to find it and eat it.  Nevertheless, you can add bad mother to the inobservant sitter of Friday.  (Does anyone suppose that a bit of ribbon with hurt baby goat?)

Edited to Add (12/21/09):  I called the nurse line today and she reconfirmed that the tetanus is good for 10 years.  They will give boosters with dirty wounds after 5 years but that really refers to dirt (like soil) and rust where tetanus likes to live.  An indoor pair of scissors isn't a big concern I guess.  I'm going to assume that since my health professionals agree than I'm fine.  (Still don't look up tetanus unless you want a good worry today!)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Letters

Dear Mom,

When you used to give us present ideas like "a spatula" or "warm socks" we thought you were lame.  Now I am a mom and I can't think of anything specific that I want beyond a nap, a cleaning lady, and baby goat's teething to be over.  I'm sorry and there are worse people that I could turn into.

Love you,
Mrs. Goat

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Dear Twitter,

Why did you never tell me that I could tweet/stalk geek icons like Wil Wheaton, Neil Gaimon and LeVar Burton and others?  I believe the term "Squee" might have left my lips.

Fan girl-ly yours,
Mrs. Goat

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Dear Remote controls,

Where are you?  I paused the TV to talk on the phone and now you are missing.  Please return poste haste, Survivor needs watching, the Ace of Cakes just isn't cutting it.

Patiently,
Mrs. Goat

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Dear Wrapping Paper, Dirty Dishes, Laundry and Vaccuming,

What is the magic word to get your tasks completed immediately?  Please inform.

Desperately,
Mrs. Goat

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Dear Fiber Optic Mini Tree,

I am sorry that the cats knock you down daily and gnaw on your (presumably tasty) branches.  It pains me that as a result you are crooked and devoid of ornaments.  Consider yourself to be a festive channelling of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.  See, you are a Christmas icon, not a sad little tree as I attempt to be one of those put together baking, clean, fashionable, decorated for Christmas at 6am Black Friday moms.  Thank you for your valiant attempt to redeem me.

Oh Bother,
Mrs. Goat

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Dear Bed,

Not yet, it is time to stop blogging and work on some of the necessary to do lists.  I will be there as soon as I can.

With great anticipation,
Mrs. Goat

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Still Treading water but out of the rip current.

Whew.  It seems like the last week hasn't been so much living as a giant to do list of doom.  And it wasn't even all doom, but there was just enough doom, angst and "I can sleep when?" that I was more than a little crazed.

What never ceases to amaze me about those times in my life though is that while they seem endless at the time they do pass.  I realize that this may be obvious, but sometimes it seems as though I will NEVER get through something or NEVER get it all done, or NEVER sleep again.  And then you get to the other side and realize that it was foolishness. 

Life continues at a frantic holiday pace right now.  Mr. Goat has a week of choir rehearsals and concerts, baby goat continues to teethe but the sense of urgency has calmed.  My to do list still seems impossibly long but I started doing things I enjoy again: like taking time to play with baby goat rather than having to work, or even blogging again.  Even if no one ever read this place I think I'd still do it because it is so nice to be able to remove some of the thoughts from my mind and put it down.

Maybe it is being on the cusp of nearly two weeks free of work and full of family and fun but my heart is lifted today and even all the travel with a baby seems do-able today (not that I am remotely prepared to go yet.)

My to do list is waiting for me tonight - with Christmas cards at the top of a long list, but it will work.  Somehow the thought that it is all right if it doesn't get done inspires me to be more productive to get it done anyway.

10 more days until Christmas and feeling fine...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Fun



Please note: While this cartoon resonates with me, the goat family is NOT expanding at this time, nor in any immediate future.  I just giggled this morning and thought I'd share it with you.  You can see the xkcd comices here.

Speaking of parenting, any tips for packing for a baby for a flying trip would be much appreciated.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snowy Days

We had our first snow storm of the winter here this week.  It tracked mostly south so it wasn't awful up here but it did necessitate some school closings and a rash of accidents as people of MN slowly remembered that they do indeed know how to drive in snow.

I found myself staring out the windows at the snow with a strange nostalgia.  Certainly it is not the snow itself.  I tolerate snow and cold because extreme heat is worse so it wasn't that.  It took Mr. Goat to center the emotion for me.  The last snow storm I experienced was the day baby goat was born.  All my numbers were headed in the wrong direction and the Dr. decided that it was time.  A storm was on the way but luckily the family was able to get into town just ahead of the storm.

I don't really remember much about the storm, just watching it swirl around as they prepared me for my c-section and afterwards as I suffered through the necessary mag sulfate hot flash.  I remember thinking that it shouldn't be snowing since baby goat was due after Easter.  It wasn't time.  Except it was time.

It is strange to be back at winter again.  Baby goat's first birthday is less that 3 months away.  He's not confined to an isolette to maintain his temperature, but will yank off any attempts at a hat or mittens before you even make it outside. 

Sometimes I think I must sound like a broken record thinking back to his birth and how he is now, but I guess I can't help it.  Little things daily remind me of that time: bedrest, c-section, NICU.  It swims up in me unawares, this strange nostalgia.  I have no desire to repeat the whole situation but there are times I linger there emotionally.  It is a strange emotion too - a kind of painful joy - much like the pain of breathing in winter's frigid air.  It hurts but it lets you know that you are powerfully alive. 

I've been looking at pictures of baby goat lately and noticing just how much he's changed in these 9.5 months.  He's such a little boy now - with little teeth nibs sticking out making him look like a strange smiling beaver boy. 

And so I stand by the window, watching the blowing snow, and remember then and now and the blessings we've been given.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Winners!

The winner of my blog giveaway was pjmystic.  The random number generator choose number 12 and I still couldn't figure out how to get that image here so you'll just have to believe me.  Pjmystic is my pastor friend Jess in Nebraska so I'm excited to send her the Magnum Chorum CD.

If you didn't win however there are a few more ways that you can be a winner today.  First, consider joining Magnum Chorum at one of their concerts in the Twin Cities this month (Dec 19 and 20).  They are really good and a wonderful time for rest and reflection.

But for an even better sense of winning clear your calendar for January 19!  My friend Missy at The Marketing Mama is hosting a blogger get together that will help others.  We will all be going to Feed My Starving Children in Eagan to pack food for families around the world.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other bloggers all while making the world a better place.  There is even an informal gathering starting at 6pm that night to get a little more talking in.  Because we know as bloggers we have lots to say.

The Details:
Minnesota Blogger Volunteer Event
Spend 1.5 hours packing meals at Feed My Starving Children
Eagan location
Tuesday, January 19
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Informal Gathering at 6pm

To register or to get more details about the event visit Missy.  I hope to see you there.  I can't wait to meet more blog friends.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Success!

I'm stopping in quickly before I get back to work to say that over lunch I finished my 50th book for this years 50 Book Challenge.  I haven't finished reading for the year though and I hope to read at least two more to get to the mental milestone of reading a book a week.  But 50 is always my yearly goal, and I think it is not bad given that there were several weeks this year where I was in no shape to read anything.

What seems even more amazing to me is that since I started tracking my reading in 2006 I've read 218 books.  I don't say this to brag (much) but to say that you can find time and you can find books that interest you.  Luckily almost anything interests me but if you need book ideas or want a review of any of the books I've read just leave a comment.

Reading is my original geek love, and while my life is a long time removed from reading about Narnia and Middle Earth with a flashlight under the covers, books still shape my life.  I'm so proud that I was able to have a baby this year and still accomplish my yearly goal.

And as always, I'm looking for more books to read so give me your favorites!

The 50 Book Challenge 2009 (as of 12/7/09)

1. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3) by Philip Pullman
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
3. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
4. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
5. 'Tis the Season!: A Novel by Lorna Landvik
6. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman
7. Rococo: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
8. The Boggart by Susan Cooper
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling*
10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.R. Rowling*
11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.R. Rowling*
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.R. Rowling*
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.R. Rowling*
14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling*
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
16. The Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
17. Son of a Witch: Volume Two in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
18. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott
19. Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
20 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen
21. Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
22. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
23. Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives by Lori Leibovich
24. The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel by Michael Gruber
25. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
26. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Version 2.0 by Christopher Moore
27. The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) by Rick Riordan
28. A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
29. Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering by Rob Bell
30. The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy) by Linda Buckley-Archer
31.
It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons by Andrea J. Buchanan
32.
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
33. The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy) by Linda Buckley-Archer
34. Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster
35. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
36. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
37. From the Great Omission to Vibrant Faith by Dr. David W. Anderson 
38. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
39. Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson
40. Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? by Jen Lancaster
41. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) by Rick Riordan
42. Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster
43. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) by Rick Riordan 
44. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown 
45. The Forgery of Venus: A Novel by Michael Gruber 
46. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich   
47. Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster  
48. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith  
49. Tears of the Giraffe (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2) by Alexander McCall Smith
50. Time Quake (The Gideon Trilogy) by Linda Buckley-Archer

P.S.  Have you entered the giveaway yet?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

This and That

* Have you entered the Lutheran Geek contest yet?  Only two more days to enter to win a very awesome CD! 

* My friend Missy the Marketing Mama was nice enough to highlight my Geekling Gift Guide on her blog this week.  Thanks Missy!  If you don't have a little Geekling however consider looking at Marketing Mama's own gift guide for women!  She always has wonderful ideas.  If you don't know her blog you definitely should check it out.  I for one am coveting the automatic soap dispenser.

* For the geek that I am, I can be somewhat slow to enter into modern technology, however the Lutheran Geek is now over on Facebook.  While I don't necessarily like the term "fan" I'd love it if you want to come over there and show some facebook love to me.  It is another great way to follow my Random Thoughts out in blogland.

* We decided to splurge on a mini Christmas tree to add to the festive cheer despite the fact that we will be gone during Christmas.  I'm very pleased with the decision and when we put it up baby goat broke into hysterical giggles so I think he approves too!

* Mr. Goat and I really enjoyed our date night.  Christmas Fest was wonderful as always and we even went out to pie afterwards!

* Baby Goat met Santa last week so look for those pictures later this week for Wordless Wednesday.  I'm glad that he was not the least big afraid, though he was much more interested in eating his Jingle Bells than Santa himself.

* I'm looking for a good ornament to represent baby goat's first year.  I'd like something that can be personalized but I haven't found something that I love yet.  If you have kids what did you do for a first christmas ornament?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tales of Christmas Fest's past

1997 - I was in shock really as a freshman when I made it into a choir at St. Olaf despite not being in choir in High School (I was in church choir).  It was glorious. 100 women singing with Sig alternately leaving us adoring or scared sh*tless by her perfect pitch.  It was a TV year that first year on campus, which meant mandatory makeup and the hymns had to be memorized completely.  I remember riding home for Thanksgiving with my ex-boyfriend, a sophomore at St. Olaf, singing hymns in his boat of a car to memorize them.  I remember being squished on the risers.  Since I was on the end of Mantiou I was next to the Ole Choir baritones and was more than enamored by their deep voices and rich purple velvet robes.  If they had wanted a geeky freshman with inexpertly applied makeup I was right there waiting.  I remember watching Christmas Fest on TV that Christmas Eve mortified by my one close-up preserving for all its glory my "singing" face. 

1998-1999 - Christmas Fest is on again.  A beautiful time full for friends and ditching homework for yet another concert.  You are tired but energized at the same time.  The music stirs your soul.  Even though it is cold outside your heart is warm during the Fest.  Of course that could be all the heat from the bodies on the risers.  Behind the Ole Choir basses now.  When they stand to sing it is an excellent view.

2000 - I can hardly stand it.  It is my last Christmas Fest.  What if I never sing here again?  Every note is bittersweet as I'll never get to experience it again.  I failed to make it into Ole Choir and will never have an opportunity to head straight to the racquetball court to close the evening in song as a choir.  Every time Dr. A lifts his hands and the strains of Beautiful Savior die away I am caught up in tears.  Luckily though I am in love and Mr. Goat is there to find me in the crowd to kiss the pain away - him in his Chapel choir robe, me in my Cantorei one.  We always seem to be on opposite "teams" but we know that those colors don't matter.

2001 - I managed to score a solitary ticket to watch Christmas Fest.  I sit in the bleachers, leaning forward hoping to get swallowed up in the sound around me.  I wish I could go back, just for a moment and be a part of it.  As the music swells throughout the night though I realize that I am a part of it still, even though it is a different part now.  I'm one of the Norwegian sweaters now, but it is a company I'm glad to keep.

2002 - It is Mr. Goat's final year and he is there decked in the coveted purple velvet.  My dream from freshman year is true - I have my Ole Choir baritone.  The purple velvet is just as wonderful to cuddle into as I'd always imagined.  I am sorry that Mr. Goat has reached his final year but am looking forward to a time when I can hold his hand and sit with him among the sweaters.

2003-2007 - We beg, borrow and steal to get into Christmas Fest each year.  No matter what the schedule, school work or job we find a way to get there.  And we hold hands in the darkness and listen to the promise of Light coming into the world.

2008 - Baby goat is there this year too, ensconced safely in utero.  When the choirs sing he dances within me as if he knows what beautiful things can happen out in this world.  My heart threatens to burst with joy for it all.  Perhaps there will sometime be an occasion to hug purple velvet again one day.

2009 - Tonight we go back. A date, a rest, a time for worship.  It has been a year full of the unexpected.  Unexpected challenges and unexpected blessings.  Tonight though I will hold hands with my Ole Choir baritone and breath deeply the music that feeds my soul.  When the strains of Beautiful Savior die away, I will sit in silence, likely crying with joy, filled again for the coming year.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Random Thoughts: A contest when I should be cleaning

* I realized yesterday that I never did my NaBloPoMo contest so this week in honor of Christmas Fest week and my love of good choral music we'll have a contest, read to the bottom for details!

* Mom and Dad come up on Thursday to babysit baby goat while Mr. Goat and I go on an honest to goodness date to the St. Olaf Christmas Festival!  I have been every year since 1997 (I was in it for four of them) and it truly centers the holiday season for me.  I am thrilled.

* Consequently however I should be cleaning - we are a mess here right now.

* If one date weren't enough, we get two this coming weekend.  On Sunday we get to go to Christmas in Christ Chapel - Gustavus' version of Christmas Fest.  Mr. Goat's little sister is a freshman there so we are going to support her.  Luckily it is also Mr. Goat's hometown so we have ready made babysitters in Grandma and Grandpa Goat! 

* I've gotten into the habit of posting everyday but I'm wondering if people like it.  Comments seem down lately.  While those aren't a marker of whether or not I like what is being said I do hope I'm not driving people away with my drivel.  Of course it could be the holiday.  Still if you like the increased posting let me know.

* Baby goat had his 9 month doctors appointment today.  He's looking great and is growing!  His stats:

Weight: 24 lbs 2 oz - 95% percentile
Length: 28 3/4 inches - 70% percentile
Head: 18 3/4 inches - 95% percentile

* It seems strange to me that he is not so big compared to others.  It was just three months ago that we were still fortifying my breastmilk to boost its calories.  He is truly not a preemie anymore.

* He also got his second H1N1 shot today!  So at least one of the family is protected and his protection should be almost fully developed by the time we fly at the end of the month.  Whew - that is one big sigh of relief for me.  Now if it just opened up for the rest of the public so Mr. Goat and I can get them too!

* Guess who is almost done with her Christmas shopping - ME!  I need a daycare gift and a first Christmas ornament for baby goat and then I am DONE!  Woot!  (Sorry to brag I just am never on top of this).

* In the complete opposite vein however I haven't even thought about our Christmas Cards - and seeing how I have birth announcements that I never sent out those may be them with a little added note about the last 5 months since they were done.  Oops.  Mommy FAIL.

* I love the high prevalence of minty chocolately items present during the Holiday season.  Yum.  I just indulged in a Hershey mini special dark with mint.  Double Yum.

* That being said I really miss our gym membership these days.  We had to give it up for finances but I have struggled to get into any sort of workout with out it.  We technically have a small gym in the building over for our use but somehow it was always easier to drive to the gym than to walk next door.  It's frustrating but ultimately I'm going to have to make the time and effort to do it. 

* Back to the Choral music - Magnum Chorum, the choir that Mr. Goat sings in has two concerts in December.  They are going to be awesome as always.  Head over to their website for details and think about coming and saying hi!  I think I'll likely be there for the Sunday Concert!

* FINALLY - we've reached our contest.  Magnum Chorum recently came out with an amazing new CD which Mr. Goat sings on and I have a CD for one reader here!  Here are the CD details:


Love Divine       Presents Magnum Chorum live in concert from its debut season with music director, Christopher Aspaas. This lively and evocative collection includes The Exaltation of Christ by Charles Forsberg, Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre. Like as the Hart by Herbert Howells, and Rene Clausen's Set Me as a Seal and In Pace. Lovely performances of Praise to the Lord, Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree, and Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson are included, along with two works by emerging composers: Lost in the Night by Kyle Haugen and the premiere of Stanford Scriven’s This is the Day.

This CD is awesome!  It was our soundtrack for the Thanksgiving trip to WI and baby goat was a big fan.  It would make a great Christmas present if choral music isn't up your alley but I would like to give one to a reader so they can see for themselves!
 
So how you enter:  Leave a comment here for one entry.  If you follow me leave another comment saying as much.  The contest ends on Monday, December 7th at 11:59pm.
 
* Thanks for following me through NaBloPoMo.  This blog is fun for me and it makes be happy to know that others enjoy it as well.
 
*I should say that Mr. Goat and I bought this CD and was not given to us for the blog, nor were we asked to review it.  I just enjoy choral music, blogging and you guys!

The Giveaway is now closed.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Food connections

I love Thanksgiving.  It a simple holiday really - it is all about giving thanks and being with family.  Most holidays have are really busy at church or have involve gift giving but Thanksgiving always seems simpler to me. 

Of course, there is also a wonderful food component to the holiday.  I don't know why but food traditions seem to have a big role in our family celebrations.  On my mother's side of the family one simple dip is powerful enough to bring the family together - Cucumber Dip.

This dip has been an appetizer at every family gathering for as long as I can remember.  We've tried low fat versions but we always return to the real version.  This Thanksgiving celebration found 13 of us surrounding the coffee table with chips digging into the precious cucumber dip. 

It is a simple dip but it represents more than its deliciousness.  It is a tradition, a symbol of the love of our family and a celebration of our togetherness. 

There are other foods that have a similar role in various celebrations - certain Christmas cookies, Granny's rolls, kneecaps (a bohemian donut), or on Mr. Goat's side of the family Green Garbage (a broccoli casserole).

The food is not about the food so much as the memories that the food evokes.  Cucumber dip is always associated with my extended family - the laughter, the sing-a-longs, the Sheepshead.  I know that there will be cucumber dip at every family party just like I know that no matter how we grow and change we remain family.

What are your family food traditions? 

Just in case you are interested here is the Cucumber Dip recipe.  Be warned - the stuff is addicting!

Cucumber Dip
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/3 of a small onion, chopped
onion salt or salt to taste
ground pepper to taste

Mix ingredients, chill (overnight is best for the flavors to mellow and blend) and serve with chips (we like Ruffles!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baby Goat at 9 months

Baby Goat,

Thanksgiving was your 9 month birthday, and even though you've been out longer than you were in for several weeks now it still seems like a milestone of sorts.  We spent Thanksgiving visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Wisconsin and you seemed to have a wonderful time.  It was full of firsts and excitment.  It was your first time in a restaurant high chair rather than your carseat.  It was your first meeting with several of mama's aunts, uncles and cousins.  They all adored you (naturally).


It wasn't always an easy trip.  You were mostly a delight to others, but we got little sleep as you worked on 3 teeth at once.  Now that it is Sunday it seems like the top two are at least mostly through while a third is still working on it.  It always seemed worse at night, and the teeth and teh fact that it wasn't your bed lead to much wailing and gnashing of teeth.  One night mama spent the whole night coaxing you back to sleep before you finally fell deeply asleep on me.

While I sure felt the lack of sleep the next night there was something special about you snoring softly on my shoulder in the house I grew up in.  Watching the sunrise over the lake with you reminded me just how much I have to be thankful for.  Still, there is no need to repeat this special moment any time soon, got that? :)


You seem to be growing in leaps and bounds.  I am very curious to see your numbers on Tuesday as it seems like you've gained 3-4 inches in the last week.  And certainly, there is no appearance of your prematurity any more.  I had a nice (rude) old lady ask in a restaurant the other day if I fed you porkchops.  It is true you are not delicate and tiny but from where you came I can't complain.  While I never forget you in your smallness of prematurity these days it seems like you might be a completely different baby from the one we had 9 months ago. 

Moving is now your new quest in life.  You loved Grandma and Grandpa's house with their wide open living room to roll and explore to your hearts content.  There isn't crawling yet, but you seem to understand that if you could get your arms and legs to do the right motion that you could go.  I should say I suppose that moving is only part of your quest in life.  A more acurrate description could be you wish to move to and eat everything in a 20 mile radius.  If there is a crumb, cat or sock nearby you will find a way to try to eat it before we get there!



You're language and comprehension are expanding daily too.  You babble now, providing little commentaries to the world around you.  And you love to play pattycake, asking for it by clapping until we oblige you and play along.  You give slobbery open-mouth kisses when asked and can be coaxed to wave as well.  We are starting some signing stuff with you and if it doesn't kick it I'm sure it will be your parents fault for not diligently using it and not your ability to grasp it.


As I write these letters I sometimes struggle to capture your "you-ness" in words.  You are mellow yet fiesty, adaptable yet a creature of habits.  You are a joy to all who meet you.  I've had people offer to send us to dinner on their dime for the priveledge of babysitting you.  I haven't taken advantage of that but it is nice to know that you are loved so much.  I've yet to meet someone who wasn't instantly taken with you.  Even my cousin who suffers from Asperger's came out of the backroom at Thanksgiving to interact with you.

You bring so much joy into our lives and I wish there was a way to say that without sound cliche.  Really you make me smile everyday and when I am not with you I can't wait to see you again.  I hope that I can live up to being your mom as you've already shattered my expectations of what having a child means.  We love you baby goat!

Love,
Mama goat

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving recap

What a whirlwind these holiday trips can be.  We're back home now but we've spent the last 3 days in WI with my parents and the rest of the family.  It was a wonderful trip but lots was going on, so indulge me in my bullet point recap:
  • It was a total breeze to send baby goat to a half day of daycare while we packed up. Saved time and baby goat was all set to go, fed and happy and ready for a nap after lunch.  I must remember this trick later on!
  • The drive went well.  Baby goat continues to be awesome in the car.  I hope he doesn't grow out of that.
  • Baby goat was still fighting a cold, particularly the first night there but improved rapidly.
  • So. much. food.
  • We did Thanksgiving buffet out as our family dinner was scheduled for Friday.  It was fun and baby goat was great in his high chair in the fancy restaurant!
  • Packers win!
  • Playdate with my HS friend Sharon, her hubby and her 3 month old Kenna was a great time.
  • Our second night there baby goat began cutting a top tooth.  Was up several times in the night.  Mama goat's sleep deprivation began!
  • Baby goat is cheerful despite teething night and had a great time meeting all sorts of mama's aunts, uncles and cousins he hadn't met before.
  • Even.More.Food. plus cucumber dip!
  • Games played this weekend: Bridge, Pinochle, Sheepshead, Catch Phrase
  • Slams bid and made by Mr. Goat and I - one. Slams we should have bid and made - one.
  • $.85 down in Sheeps.
  • Friday night, baby goat moved beyond cutting one tooth to working on THREE on the top.  Was up most of the night and finally fell asleep on mama goat.  Mama goat got no sleep.  Boo.
  • We made it to breakfast with our baby goat's Godparents and their kids anyway.
  • Baby goat not worse or wear.  mama, not so much.
  • Still, we made it back today.  Mr. Goat has a sinus infection.  Mama goat is tired.  Baby goat is teething but despite it we are all happy.
  • So so much to be thankful for this year.
  • Still, I'd be thankful for a good night's sleep.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Being thankful is awfully tiring.  We'll be back tomorrow with an update including baby goat's 9 month photos!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Loose Ends

Today has been a day feeling at loose ends.  I spent most of the day trying frantically to be able to go avoid going into work tomorrow.  I was late to pick up baby goat from daycare because of it (and traffic).   I'm worrying for a friend and for baby goat and his cold as it seems to have gotten worse (thankfully no fever, just snot and coughing).

I should be packing, or finishing a few work things that I should attend to, or cleaning, or even finding something meaningful to do.  Instead I'm blogging (with very little substance) and listening at the monitor.  I'm glad when it is quiet because it means he's sleeping, but I'm also sort of glad when he coughs or shifts because it means he's still breathing.  A bit crazy I know, but it keeps me from stopping in to see him every five minutes.

The reality is that he's got a cold, probably nothing serious.  Work stuff will work out and everyone understands it is a holiday weekend.  I will be able to take time to talk to my friend(s) over the weekend.  I will see family.  Baby goat will meet new family.  And hopefully all will work itself out.

So maybe I'm not packing or working or cleaning, but I am mentally tying off my loose ends before I unravel.  And that's time well spent after today.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Defining Breastfeeding

Thanks to my friend Marketing Mama, I've been thinking a lot about breastfeeding today.  Her jumping off point was signage about nursing that used bottles.  (See her post here).  She expresses her point admirably and I'm not here to repeat the posts of others, but it did get me thinking about how we define breastfeeding in our society.

My question:  Is breastfeeding defined by the location from which a baby drinks the food (ie breast or bottle) or by the type of food (breastmilk or formula)?

I think breastfeeding is typically associated with whipping out a boob and feeding a child whenever needed.  And yet, the answer seems far more complicated than that.  Many nursing mothers pump on a regular basis, particularly if they work, so that their child can eat without being fully dependent on the mother alone.

But I would argue that even though my son never figured out how to drink from the breast that he has been breastfed because he's had only breastmilk since he was born.

I've shared a little about the difficulties we've had breastfeeding here a little but not in depth.  Since baby goat was born 7 weeks early he didn't have a suck reflex.  For quite along time he was fed almost exclusively through a nose tube that pumped my breastmilk directly into stomach.  I was pumping every 2-3 hours while recovering from the preeclampsia and the c-section and trying to care for him in the NICU too.

Eventually he started taking a bit by the bottle and we started breastfeeding attempts.  We'd try when I was there to breastfeed and each time they would strip him down to his diaper, weigh him down to the gram, and place him on my chest for our attempts.  We'd work at it for 15, 20, 30, 45 minutes getting increasingly hungry and frustrated.  From time to time they would bring him back to the scale and see how many grams he'd gained.  This was how many ml of breastmilk he'd drunk. 

The majority of the time it was 8 ml or less.  More times than I can even count, it was zero.  45 minutes of trying for zero food for my son.  It wasn't for a lack of milk.  The problem was his suck.  He figured out something that worked for him when he had the bottle, but he didn't have the ability to draw it in, rather he chewed.

We tried Lactation consultants who were rude driving to tears about my inability to feed my child.  I was told that if I just kept at it he would get the hang of it.  We tried for a long time.  The most he ever got was 20 ml, which was approx. a third of his feedings at that stage.  And even that seemed to be a fluke as it was never duplicated.

As we went on, he started having his heart rate drop due to reflux during eating, particularly when he was in a horizontal position.  This made breastfeeding even more complicated and frustrating for him and me (not to mention scary).  We saw a physical therapist who tried some techniques to get him to draw milk in more fully.  While we tried these techniques it didn't seem to help in the long run.

As all of these attempts were going on, baby goat was getting bottles whenever I wasn't there.  Our insurance would only let us stay for up to 4 days round the clock once I was discharged, and we saved that for the end when he was about to come home.  After 4 weeks I was out of vacation and he was still in the NICU so I was forced to go back to work which prevented me from getting to even more feedings.

It got to the point that breastfeeding attempts led to crying for him and for me.  Him from hunger and me from my inablity to feed my child.  But, I was feeding him.  I kept pumping every 3 hours and I was renowned in the NICU for my milk supply.  I think I was the only one who had a child who'd never needed to be supplemented with formula, ever, even after all that my body went through it still produced the milk to care for baby goat.

After he came home we tried for a while, but he'd figured out how to eat with a bottle and the damage (as it were) was done and he has been a bottlefed breastfed baby ever since.

But I still consider that baby goat is breastfed.  I ache at the knowledge that I've missed out on a beautiful bonding experience.  I am so sick of the breast pump too but I keep going.  My goal is to make it a year.

But is baby goat breastfed?  I hope so.  I have felt guilty about not breastfeeding before, but I'm going to say that I do breastfeed baby goat, in a manner of speaking.

*Disclaimer:  No offense was meant to anyone on any side of the breastfeeding spectrum.  I'm just thinking through some of my own thoughts from my experience.*

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Random Thoughts

It has been a while since I've done some proper random thoughts so I thought I'd give you some true Lutheran Geek Random Thoughts.

* Yes, I saw New Moon on Friday.  I saw it with a mom and her teen.  The teen had gone with her dad at midnight the day before and still went to school Friday.  Yes I thouroughly enjoyed myself.  Truth be told, the second movie was VASTLY better than the first one.  That and I think there is something utterly hilarious about sitting in a packed theater with girls (and fully grown women) gasping, hooting and cheering.  It was sort of the same thing as going to see the star trek movie and all the men started cheering.  I guess I'm just a geek in either gender stereotype.

* That being said, it still feels a bit wrong commenting so apreciatively about a 17 yr olds abs.  At least Edward is played by a 23 yr old!  That didn't feel quite so naughty!

* Ok, so I'm addicted to baby toys.  I think I enjoy playing with them as much as baby goat.  And of course it is just for baby goat's benefit.  It has nothing to do UM, with the bright colors and cool noises and all of the cool sorting games you can do with them.  Yes, NOTHING to do with that.  Yeah.

* One of baby goat's Christmas presents arrived in the mail this week.  I want to open it so badly to um, give it to the baby goat (read: play with it myself, to show baby goat how it works).  It always seems harder for me to wait to give gifts rather than to wait to open gifts myself.

* TWO DAY WORK WEEK!!!!

* At one of my church programs we've had a few occasions to do some general arts and crafts and the kids have me draw and paint whatever they tell me.  They keep saying that I should be an artist and it is all I can do not to laugh.  I am a decent doodler but no artist, still it makes me think that we should look at things through a kids eyes more often and see beauty in things that an adult my see as flawed.

* Baby goat seems to be working his way through his cold.  He didn't have a fever today and just has a small cough/sniffle so I'm hoping we are on the mend.  I want him to be his excited self when we see all the family this week. 

* Even though his illness seemed minor I still wonder whether or not I should have called the doctor.  He had 100.4 fever at one point but napped well, ate well and only seemed a little under the weather so I didn't bother.   Now I wonder if I'm not being cautious enough with all the baby baby germs out there or if I'm just in tune to my baby and my mommy instincts.  Who knows?  But at least he seems to be getting better.

* Why does it seem like kids get sick on the weekend?

* I hadn't watched the last few seasons of Survivor, but I'm so glad I've caught this season.  It is really something new and completely cool.  For the first time I'm cheering for the total game player Russell just to see what happens next.  He is masterful and it is really fun to watch.

* Last week Thanksgiving seemed a long ways away.  This week it seems really close.  While there is a lot to do before we can go to my parent's house I'm really excited about it.  Baby goat is going to get to meet his great aunts and uncles and I'm excited for him to meet this side of the family.  Plus there is the promise of yummy food, cards, and a playdate with one of baby goat's many potential girlfriends.  What could be better!

* I think this year I'm just extra excited for the holidays.  It seems like there is so much worth celebrating right now and baby goat just brings a whole new dimension to the whole thing.  I am just very very thankful that this year has turned out so well.  There is still lots on my mind that worries me but I am very grateful for all the blessings I do have!

* The weekend after Thanksgiving is Christmas Fest weekend and Mr. Goat and I get to go on TWO dates that weekend - to St. Olaf's Christmas Fest and Gustavus' Christmas in Christ Chapel.  Can't wait!

* Now I have a date with a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, a breast pump and the end of the Bears game.  Happy Weekend Blogland.  Keep an eye out for my NaBloPoMo giveaway coming soon!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Quietness

I'm sneaking in under the wire here for the day without much to say.  Baby goat has a slight fever today and isn't feeling 100%.  Still we were able to get some naps in and play with Grandpa too.  I think he's doing ok for the night, at least so far.  Now, the laundry is done and put away and we are watching some SNL before bed.   Things are quiet and that is fine with me.  Goodnight blogland.

Friday, November 20, 2009

House sweet home.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't dream about owning a house.  It seems like renting an apartment just makes things more complicated.  I dream of space for all our stuff, a room for baby goat that doesn't also double as an office, storage area and general mess.  I dream of a yard for baby goat to play in.  I dream of a basement in case of tornados.  I dream of not living next to dozens of other people with their drama, and dogs, and weird cooking smells.

But nothing, NOTHING, makes me long for a house more than laundry day.

First you have to lug all the clothes down the hall and watch your money be frittered away in washers and dryers that may or may not be working.  But then there are the people.  They will move your clothes if you don't get there at the exact second your stuff is done, but they also will keep their laundry in the washers and dryers for hours after they are done.

There is one fellow laundry person, who I know only by their blue laundry basket, who will repeated move my stuff, even when there are other washers open.  If there are multiple loads to move they will take the one with baby clothes and then play with the clothes, putting bibs on the stuffed animals and making a decorative mountain of baby clothes on the skany counter.

HELLO!  Don't touch my stuff.  There are open machines you have no excuse to play with my baby's things.  Now give me $3 so I can wash and dry them again to get whatever mysterious germs you are sharing off of them.  Don't play with my baby's stuff!

And there are those times when the laundry room defies explanation.  Yesterday I discovered that someone thought it fit to PEE in the washing machine.  !?#?!@!  I mean who does that. 

I can't tell you how much I want a house.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Edward or Jacob?

At the church where I work I have a whiteboard outside my office and every Wed I have a question there posted for the kids (large and small to answer).  Sometimes they are profound (what made you smile today?), seasonal (favorite halloween candy?), or church related (favorite hymn/church song?).

This Wednesday I was struggling to come up with a question, until it hit me.  There is a phenomenon going on amongst the teen girls and a surprisingly large amounts of cougary moms interested in this thing called Twilight.  Have you heard about it?

I have read it, and seen the movie and have the courage to admit that I have tickets for a showing of New Moon on Sat night.  It will be the first movie I've seen in the theater since Star Trek (my  mother's day present).

Inspired, I wrote three simple words on my whiteboard:



Edward or Jacob?









Within moments I had a dozen girls outside my office door professing their love for Edward or Jacob, or their respective actors, or for the wolves or vampire clans they represented.  They debated up until Confirmation and the other programs began.  When I arrived back at my office after the activities of the night every square inch of the board was covered with opinions.

I, of course, have my own opinion (Edward) but I'm curious about the phenomenon that Twilight embodies.  I am very supportive of anything that encourages reading, though while I've read the books and enjoyed them I hardly call them great literature.  But it seems that Twilight is a new mass media circus that we've really only seen with Harry Potter and a few other things.

Even when I was a young girl there wasn't the deep fangirl-ness that I see here.  Oh sure there was New Kids on the Block.  And Tom Cruise, or since we've already established my geek roots Wil Wheaton.  But was it as pervasive as it is now?  I'm not sure.

So what do you think?  Has fangirl-ness changed?   What were your childhood obsessions?  And of course, Edward or Jacob?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

You Don't Forget.


You don't forget.  You don't forget your child with his scrawny fingers and his loose skin, gasping for breath.  You don't forget watching the numbers on a monitor with a manic need, as if the numbers guarantee that things are still working.  You don't forget the speed with which he was whisked away from the OR to get the oxygen he needed.  You don't forget being discharged without your child.  You don't forget watching the apnea events, or the panic you feel when his heart rate drops suddenly.  You don't forget the smell of the NICU's hand sanitizer or trying to breastfeed in a purple vinyl chair.  You don't forget any one of those 46 days that you called the NICU home because that is where your heart was.

But you also don't forget the love of your family around you.  You don't forget the nurses who cared for you emotionally as much as they cared for him physically.  You don't forget the joy of seeing him grow.  You don't forget the rejoicing over an ounce of weight gain, or a full feeding, or graduating off of oxygen.  You don't forget the first time you held him, even if it was almost 48 hours after you gave birth.  You don't forget that you and he were a lucky ones and that had this happened even 10, 25, 50 years ago things might have been different.

You don't forget this:

Even when you now spend your days looking at this:

You never forget.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Geekling Gift Ideas

This post has been a challenge for me, mostly because there is now SO much fun stuff out there for kids that uses science, space, science fiction and technology in cool ways.  As a disclaimer, I have not yet purchased any of these items, nor am I reviewing them.  I am just giving you a sampling of the geek toys that I would want - either for my own grown up kid self or for an older baby goat.  The beautiful thing about Geek toys these days is that they are almost always gender neutral, so you can always find something awesome for you son, daughter, grandchild or whomever.  I hope you can find something awesome to share with your own geeklings!

(If of course, a toy manufacturer wanted to send any of these or other geek toys for me or my readers to review we'd be happy to oblige!)

Geek Babies:
 The Curiosity Cube
I love the look of this toy and can just imagine the fun it will bring for a baby.  Plus there are a variety of colors and ways to hold it and explore.  Awesome!  This is on my short list for baby goat's Christmas list!


The Mozart Magical Cube

I actually purchased this item for one of baby goat's Christmas gifts.  I love the idea of encouraging a love of music and as loud, sound making toys this seems to be one of the best out there!  Think Geek writes of the Mozart Magical Cube:
With the Mozart Magic Cube you have five different large buttons corresponding to the different sides of the cube each of which can play a harp, flute, French horn, piano and violin. You also have an orchestra button that can play all of the instruments simultaneously using eight different Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart compositions. Your wee ones will have the capabilities to add and subtract the different instruments while the music is playing which makes the versatility of the toy more appealing to the future composer. The lights also flash to the tempo of the music adding to the overall experience. 18th century musician’s wig is not included!

I figure it is a sign of a good toy that I want to play with it as much as my baby does and this toy appeals to my geek sensibilities.

Geek Toddlers:

Twilight Sea Turtle
This toy not only helps kids get to sleep (bonus) but does so while illuminating real constellations on the ceiling and teaching kids about Endangered species.  Plus it is adorable.  What's not to like?



This is another toy that I picked out simply because I want to play with it.  It combines a drum pad, xylophone and bell to give your kids a whole range of music making possibilities.  Rated for 18 months and up this is a create introduction into rhythm and music!

Young Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks:
Oh how I crave these blocks.  I love blocks, they are a universal toy that can be used to create anything.  But these are charming use of the block form.  Since they are Alphabet blocks they are educational but they use wonderfully creative in their letter representations such as Q - Quantum Physics, or  K - Potassium (Ok, maybe I'm the only one who finds that hilarious!). While the set is only 5 blocks (with different letters on each side) they are handcrafted and made out of maple and chemical free. 



Geek Preschooler:
Wolfgang Amadeus Jr. Piano
What I love about this 18 key toy piano is that it is real.  It is tuned and uses mini-hammers to produce its sound making it a great first piano.  It comes with a songbook and some sticker strips to help introduce the piano keys to a child.  Plus it is adorable in red.  Who wouldn't love this?


Pacific Play Tents Space Module Tent
If you have a preschooler odds are they love to play in things - tunnels, couch cushions, or pop-up tents.  But instead of a tent devoted to Disney princesses why not get your kids their own Space Module and allow them to go on missions to strange new planets to discover aliens and other cool things.  Plus it fold flat for easy storage, provided you can ever get them to put it away!

Older Geeklings:
The Artsy Geek
Crayola Glow Station can create with Light!
I've wanted this item every since I saw a commercial for this on tv.  What makes a drawing item better - making it glow!  Imagine the possibilities  your child could use this for.  Amazon writes:
A 2009 Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award, the Crayola Glow Station is a hit with kids and adults. Kids will love watching as their ideas literally come to light on the canvas. And parents will love how it works the imagination without creating a giant mess. It even helps cleans up after itself: Over time the light drawings magically disappear from the glow canvas, making room for more glow-in-the-dark works of art!
The perfect poster size for creating and displaying drawings, the glow canvas hangs well from a wall or bedroom door. The darker the location, the better it is for glowing. Made from durable blue plastic, the top and bottom of the canvas provide spaces for everything, including stencil-sheet hooks and holders for the light wand, crystal tip, and stencil shapes. And when it's time to be put away, the canvas rolls up for easy storage.


R/C Color Bug Doodling Toy
If glow-in-the-dark drawing isn't your speed, then what about a remote control doodling toy?  I love the idea of this one and it seems that it would bring doodling to a whole new dimension.  The adorable R/C ladybug is controlled by you creating new and amazing works of art with a wiggle of your thumb.  I do notice that paper is not included and I would definitely use large paper for this item in case of lady bug escapes!



The Science Geek
I love the Mythbusters and their commitment to making science interesting and fun and exposing how to do some really dramatic experiments, but the reason that this science kit caught my eye was the lack of dangerous supplies.  Water is an amazing substance and there are countless fun, family friendly experiments that you can do to explore its properties.  And if you disprove a few myths along the way, even better!


Elmer's Scientific Explorer Bill Nye Paper Recycling Factory

Here's another fun Science kit out there that encourages Green Geeklings.  It teaches children about recycling as they get to make real paper from the scraps around the house!  Plus, if your kids get good at it you won't have to spring for drawing paper or greeting cards again.




The Technology Geek:
Do your kids want the latest technology but you wonder how quickly they will break it?  Lego has come up with an amazing solution.  This digital camera and MP3 player are made from real legos but work fully.  They are durable and straightforward to use.  But what takes these toys beyond easy-to-use technology and into the realm of awesome geek toy is that they are fully lego compatable.  Build them into your Lego castles, spaceships or houses.  What would be cooler than a lego robot that actually plays music or take pictures!  I LOVE this idea and can't wait baby goat can play with Legos and these cool toys!


That concludes our first ever Geekling Gift List.  I hope you found something fun for the aspiring geeks in your life, or maybe even for your own Christmas list.  I won't judge.  I want play with all of these toys as any much as the geek kids I know.  So happy geek giving blogland.  Let me know if you are going to get any of these fabulous items!

NaBloPoMo FAIL

No excuses, I didn't get to a post yesterday and while I'm bummed I shall carry on as if I were.  It seems sort of like a diet.  I cheated yesterday but today is a new day right?  No need to scrap the whole thing because of a few onion rings.

(Ironically onion rings inadvertently kept me from posting yesterday as I had a late night dinner after a work meeting to catch up with a friend and our router decided that it didn't want to work at 11:30pm last night!)

So, we shall commence with the carrying on.  Come back later today for my Geek kid gift guide!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What do you think?

So I'm thinking about changing the blog around some.  Maybe a new template, and a new name.  I still seems to be a true name for the blog but I'm not sure it fully represents the mom part of me now.  While I'm not sure I'll ever exactly be a "mommy blogger" it is just an increasing part of my life and I feel it needs representation.  So I'm in the market for a new name and since it is late and I'm sneaking in a post anyway I thought I'd ask your opinion.  Does anyone have any clever name titles, particularly including Geek, Mom, Lutheran and/or Goat Family?  I don't have a brilliant brainstorm yet but I'd love some thoughts to get me going!  Thanks in advance blogland.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog post held due to real life

I was going to get to my awesome geek kid Christmas gift list today. Instead I:
  • Cleaned out my closets, finally put away my maternity wear, and got a goodwill pile together.
  • Watched Glee on Tivo.
  • Pumped.
  • Played with baby goat.
  • Went out to dinner with Mr. Goat and baby goat.
  • Put baby goat to sleep.
  • Played Lego Star Wars on Wii with Mr. Goat.
  • Snuck online at the last minute to post a lame post.
I don't regret it.  I will get to the geek kids list soon, but today was mostly away from the computer and it was great!  Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

20 Question Thursday

Today is a day where I have way more questions than answers so I thought I'd share some of them with you. Feel free to answer any you'd like, although they may not all have answers. And if you want to leave a question for me I'll answer as best I can in a later post!

Thursday's Questions:

1. What should I have for lunch?

2. Do you bring lunches to work? What do you eat?

3. What will baby goat weigh at his 9 month appointment in a few weeks?

4. Are we crazy for traveling so much over the holidays?

5. How will baby goat do on the plane?

6. How do you pack everything you need to travel when going by plane?

7. What should I get people for Christmas? Are there inexpensive, no craft talents, gift ideas for the broke?

8. Does baby goat need Christmas gifts at this age?

9. Am I a grinch if we don't get a tree since we'll be gone most of the holidays anyway?

10. What should I do with baby goat's baby clothes: keep for eventual next baby, sell to baby store, give to someone who needs them?

11. What should I be when I grow up?

12. Does anyone else find being an adult hard?

13. Why do I always spill on my shirts?

14. What gets out really old stubborn stains?

15. Consignment or Goodwill for the clothes I'm going to get rid of from my closet when I go through it tomorrow?

16. Should I keep some of the clothes that are too big for me even though I hope and pray (and am trying to ensure) that I'll never be that big again?

17. How many clothes do I really need?

18. Why do my attempts at being stylish always look foolish to me?

19. What green cleaners do you like - particularly for kitchen and bathroom?

20. How much breastmilk will the airlines let me travel with?

Whew...that was really way to easy. I could write a lot more but I think that 20 is more than enough. I'm overwhelmed by the questions but I don't want my readers to be. Weigh in if you'd like, leave your own if you want too, and play along on your own blog if you are so inclined. If people think this is fun maybe I'll do it again.

In other blog news - stay tuned tomorrow for some of my geek-inspired Christmas gifts ideas for kids. Baby goat isn't old enough and we aren't rich enough to get the all but I'll share my geek wish list with you.